Before Visiting the Center

Where is the Simons Center located?
What are the local attractions?
How close is the Simons Center to NYC?
Can I visit the Simons Center without an invitation?
Who do I contact for more information about the Simons Center and for an invitation to visit the Simons Center?
I received an invitation to visit the Simons Center. What do I do next?
I need a Visa in order to visit the Simons Center. Who do I contact about this?
I will require housing assistance for my visit. Who do I contact about this?


Where is the Simons Center located?

The Simons Center is located on Stony Brook University’s campus near the mathematics and physics buildings. There is a bridge linking the Simons Center directly to the mathematics building. Directions to the Simons Center can be found here: Directions to the Center

Maps of campus can be found here: http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/maps


What are the local attractions?

Stony Brook Village is located a 10 minutes drive from the University and offers several shops, restaurants and events. For information on Stony Brook Village visit: http://www.stonybrookvillage.com/.

While visiting the Simons Center, we recommend visiting the Port Jefferson Village. Port Jefferson Village is located on the North Shore of Long Island and is home to many restaurants and unique shops. For more information on the events going on in Port Jefferson during your visit, please see: http://www.portjeff.com/.

Brookhaven National Laboratory is also located about 30 miles east of Stony Brook University, and offers public tours as well as organized scientific visits. For more information, please visit: http://www.bnl.gov/world/.

Cold Spring Harbor Lab is located about 30 miles west of Stony Brook University and offers public lectures and other events throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.cshl.edu/.

The Staller Center for the Arts is located on the Stony Brook University campus and offers cultural events throughout the year, please see the following for schedule of events and ticketing information: https://www.staller.sunysb.edu/index.html.


How close is the Simons Center to NYC?

The Simons Center is located approximately 60 miles east of Manhattan. During your visit to the Simons Center, you can easily take the Long Island Rail Road to Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Please visit the Long Island Rail Road website for a train schedule. http://lirr42.mta.info/


Can I visit the Simons Center without an invitation?

Unless it is a special circumstance extended by the Director and/or the Chief Administrative Officer, all academic visitors to the Simons Center must apply and be officially accepted to participate in a program, workshop, or event. http://scgp.stonybrook.edu/visit

Who do I contact for more information about the Simons Center and for an invitation to visit the Simons Center?

Please contact inquiry@scgp.stonybrook.edu for information. You may also call 631-632-2800.

I received an invitation to visit the Simons Center. What do I do next?

Your invitation to the Simons Center will include information on how to accept the invitation. Please reply to the invitation as soon as possible with the dates of your visit and all other required information. Program space is based on a first come, first serve basis. Therefore, it is imperative that you choose your requested arrival and departure dates as soon as possible. If you will require a J-1 visa in order to visit the Center, you must let us know the dates of your visit at least three months in advance. We cannot guarantee your visa paperwork will be complete if we do not know your dates at least three months ahead of time.

I need a Visa in order to visit the Simons Center. Who do I contact about this?

Please contact Melissa Wessler with any visa related questions at mwessler@scgp.stonybrook.edu.

Check to see if your country is part of the Visa Waiver Program. A list of Visa Waiver countries can be found here:http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html#countries

If your country is not part of the visa waiver program, see if you qualify for a B (business) visa. Information on B visas can be found here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1262.html

For payment purposes, we strongly recommend that you apply for either a WB (waiver-business) or B (business) visa. You may not be eligible to receive the payment/reimbursement specified in your letter of invitation if you arrive on a tourist (B-2) or WT (waiver-tourist) visa.

If you will require a J-1 visa in order to visit the Simons Center, please contact Melissa Wessler.

I will require housing assistance for my visit. Who do I contact about this?

Please contact housing@scgp.stonybrook.edu with any housing related questions. Please click here for information about SCGP visitor housing.